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Universal to Turn Wicked Musical Into a Movie

Who Would You Cast in the Movie Version of Wicked?

Well here's something for the "I can't believe it took this long" file: the wildly popular musical Wicked will soon be getting the big screen treatment. Universal is reportedly in talks with directors and the impressive list of potential candidates includes J.J. Abrams, Rob Reiner and Glee's Ryan Murphy. For those of you not familiar with the story, Wicked is the "untold story" of Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. It follows her childhood into school where she meets a very different Glinda than the one we've come to know and love, right up to the point where Dorothy comes in. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel originated the roles of Glinda and Elphaba respectively and it's hard to imagine any other actresses taking on the roles for the film version. There are a few who could fill the shoes though—I could see Anne Hathaway as Elphaba with the help of some green makeup and Reese Witherspoon could be a great Glinda (especially after showing off her pipes in Walk the Line). But who would you cast?

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MsElphaba MsElphaba 6 years
Roseate, no one who is cast for these roles onstage has weak voices so why is that a concern for the movie? I just don't get it with the Idina and Kristen worship. They left the show years ago and it has not lost any of its popularity. I am not interested in a film anyway. THere is no way a film can come close to equaling the experience of a live production. Mama Mia is a good example. The scenery was great and Meryl Streep was her wonderful self in the movie, but it can't hold a candle to the live show. Why make a movie out of a play that is successful all over the world! It is just a quest for money on the part of those involved in making the film.
MsElphaba MsElphaba 6 years
sorry folks but I am thoroughly sick of everyone thinking there is no one but Idina and Kristen for these roles. First off, I am not happy to see this musical brought to screen; I would prefer a book adaptation. I have seen the play ten times, none of which were with Idina and Kristen and all of the Elphies and Glindas were phenomenal. I have only seen You Tube videos of the original stars and I agree they were awesome but the best Elphaba I have seen live is Carmen Cusack; the best Glinda was a toss up between Erin Mackey and Katie Rose Clarke. Eden Espinosa was also amazing. Not sure these ladies are candidates for film but why not? I just wish people could let go of the myth that there is no Elphaba but Idina and no Glinda except Kristen. Both have long moved on from these roles. Just my two cents but how would the play be surviving and thriving all over the world if there weren't other awesome cast members!
roseate roseate 6 years
if not Idina and Kristen, then unknowns. though I did see Wicked in Chicago with Anna Gasteyer, and she was wonderful as Elphaba. I'd hate to see it made with people who had weak voices, no matter how large their celebrity.
peacelove7 peacelove7 6 years
either unknowns or lea michele for elphaba and maybe kristen bell (she's done some singing and performed on the tonys one year) for glinda.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 6 years
i definitely would love to see idina and kristin together again!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
no... in a perfect world it would be idina & kristin. i've seen the musical (unfortunately not with the original stars) and it blew me away. hopefully the movie will be good too
ejr ejr 6 years
I think Carrie Underwood would be great for Glinda, but I have no idea about someone for Elphaba. I don't watch Glee, though someone from that show would probably be a good candidate. I also think that it's hard to imagine anyone besides Kristin and Idina, maybe they will do the original cast like they did for Rent?
flowergirl flowergirl 6 years
I'd prefer they stick with Idina & Kristin..
Entertainment Entertainment 6 years
redchick — it's going to be a movie based on the musical
animatedpunk animatedpunk 6 years
Definitely Lea Michele for Elphaba.... She looks like a young Idina and has a fantastic voice. I honestly don't know WHO could fill Kristin's shoes. She's so fantastic. I can't think of anyone who could play Glinda as well as her. I think they should definitely cast an unknown in the part.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
is it going to be an actual musical or just a movie based off the book? if there's no singing, then anne and reese would be great. they are ok, but there is no freakin way they will be able to hit the same notes idina and kristin can hit! anne is making that judy garland movie, so i guess we'll see how good of a singer she really is.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
If it's not Idina and Kristen, it will be less famous broadway-ers. Like #5 said, they have to be able to sing. There are some serious notes in these songs that I don't see Reese or Anne pulling off as either character. Lea Michele could probably do it, but I think she's gotten too much exposure lately and people might get sick of her... The originals would be ideal! I've seen it live, it's amazing.
nomiloo2000 nomiloo2000 6 years
Anna Kendrick as Glinda, Lea Michelle as Elphaba
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
I would love and prefer it, if the studio kept Idina and Kristen in the role(s). They brought the characters to life extremely well and who else could belt the notes as perfectly as they did (and continue to do in their separate endeavors.) Maybe: Emily Blunt or Kate Winslet for Elphaba; Cary Mulligan, Kristen Bell or Reese Witherspoon for Glinda.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
I too cannot see anyone else in these roles besides Kristin and Idina, even on the soundtrack their voices make me picture them! However, if others have to be cast ANYONE but Anne Hathaway! I love this story too much, and she just ruins movies for me :/
texasgirl129 texasgirl129 6 years
Amanda Seyfried, though blonde, I think would be a good Wicked Witch. As far as Galinda...Who knows? Reese Witherspoon might be good.
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